The Iraqi Parliament has voted to expel American troops from Iraq.
The Prime Minister of Iraq has requested that America withdraw troops from Iraq.
Iran has vowed to drive U.S. troops out of the region while Iraqi militias have vowed to kill the American troops occupying their country.
Is it a good time to wash our hands of Iraq after its democratically elected government demanded than we leave and before we plunge back into war there? Couldn’t we just declare that we have defeated ISIS and succeeded in transforming Iraq into a stable democracy after all these years and that it is time for it to step up and manage its own affairs? Of course not.
“WASHINGTON — The State Department on Friday rebuffed the Iraqi government’s request to begin discussions on pulling out troops, saying that any American officials going to Baghdad during a state of heightened tensions would not discuss a “troop withdrawal,” as the Iraqi prime minister had requested. Instead, discussions would be about the “appropriate force posture in the Middle East.”
The statement from Washington was a direct rebuttal to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi of Iraq, and was certain to add to the friction between the two nations.
The prime minister said earlier on Friday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to send a delegation from the United States to discuss steps for the withdrawal of the approximately 5,200 American troops from his country, in the aftermath of a deadly American military strike ordered by President Trump that many Iraqis say violated their country’s sovereignty. …”
We’re hearing a lot of people saying today that Donald Trump isn’t an “isolationist.”
The “isolationist” position is that we never should have invaded Iraq in the first place, that we don’t need Iraq’s oil because we have plenty of our own, that the neocons who took us into Iraq lied us into war with dubious intelligence, that it ended up costing us trillions of dollars and the lives of thousands of American soldiers, that it led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis which spawned ISIS and that even if we transformed Iraq into a democracy that its Shiite majority would inevitably end up strengthening Iran in the region. Fundamentally, isolationists reject the American Empire and the burden of upholding the liberal world order.
If we were in power, we would be pulling all American troops out of Iraq and Syria tomorrow. We’re not in power though. Donald Trump does not share our views on foreign policy. It is not even close. He wants to continue to occupy Iraq and Syria and to maintain the American military presence there to uphold the American Empire in the region. He is less critical of Israel and Saudi Arabia and more inclined to starting a war with Iran than the previous administration. In 2016, Trump made a lot of noises on foreign policy that sounded isolationist and were designed to confuse swing voters, but now he has a record that is firmly within the conservative mainstream.